Introduce yourself to the latest drink sensation with this spinning top Mezcal cocktail that puts a twist on a margarita. It’s also similar to a mezcal sour but without the egg white to make it frothy. This mezcal pineapple cocktail has an amazing depth of flavor with sweet pineapple juice, white grapefruit soda, and smoky Mezcal. It’s sweet, it’s sour, it’s smoky, and it’s sensational!
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What Is Mezcal?
Have you heard about the latest trend in spirits? Say hello to Mezcal, aka Tequila’s smoky-flavored cousin. This is NOT your frat-party-worm-in-the-bottle Mezcal, though.
Mezcal has become popular recently for it’s small batch, high quality, complex flavor that can be sipped and savored over ice, or mixed into sophisticated cocktails. It comes from Mexico, of course, so it makes fantastic Mexican cocktails for a Mexican Fiesta or other Mexican party ideas.
Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of this liquor is its smoky flavor. That idea appealed to me very much since I don’t tend to drink overly sweet or “girly” cocktails.
Easy Mezcal Cocktail Recipe
This cocktail has a slightly sweet, smoky, and citrus flavor profile that’s a party favorite!
As I mentioned above, don’t waste your money or taste buds on “cheap” mezcal with the worm (larvae actually) floating in the bottom. Just like tequila, you want a good bottle of Mezcal that you can also sip on.
I think Los Amantes Joven is the best Mezcal for cocktails. I picked it up based on it’s very high rating – “an example of the very best in its class” – and it does not disappoint!
The cocktail is similar to a margarita in the way it has a citrusy, not-too-sweet flavor. It’s the kind of drink you want for happy hour, a cocktail party, or for sipping by the pool.
The balance of slightly sweet from the pineapple and the slightly sour from the pink grapefruit marries beautifully with the smoky flavor of the Mezcal. Enjoy!
How to Make a Spinning Top
When I saw Pati Jinich’s demonstration of a spinning top cocktail, I knew I wanted to create my own version.
I tweaked a few of the steps and came up with this “spin” on the Spinning Top recipe.
- You’ll definitely want to start by combining the spicy rim salt. It adds so much to the cocktail experience. It includes salt, sugar, and chili powder.
- Get the best bottle of Mezcal you can afford. IT MATTERS!
- Use pink grapefruit soda that’s carbonated. This gives the drink a nice fizzy-ness that I love so much.
- Pour in regular pineapple juice that you find in the canned juice section.
- Add lime juice to a shallow bowl or saucer; add salt mixture in a separate shallow dish.
- Dip the rim of a glass into lime juice and then into the salt mix. Add ice to the glass and mix in the cocktail ingredients.
- Garnish with a sprig of thyme if you like. Sip and enjoy.
More Mezcal Cocktails to Try
If you appreciate the high quality and unique flavor of this liquor, you’re definitely going to want to check out these other recipes.
- You’re going to love this light Mezcal margarita recipe.
- My sweet & smoky Prosecco cocktail is out of this world good!
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- 1 1/2 oz. Mezcal liquor
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- 3 oz. pink grapefruit soda (it's carbonated)
Salt Rim Mix
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar or raw sugar
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- Prepare salt rim mixture by combining equal parts (or to your taste) of each of the spices. Dip rim of glass in lime juice and then into salt mixture.
- Let glass rest upside down for a couple of minutes to set.
- Combine cocktail ingredients over ice and pour into rimmed glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of thyme if you like.
Don’t skip on the flavorful salt mixture. It really adds an interesting twist to the classic salt rim.